We slowly make our way through the bottle of bathroom cleaner that we bought ages ago, brush our hair each day, and exfoliate in the shower on autopilot. Less waste is a good thing, right? So we should probably use up our current stock before we head out to buy again. But, this isn’t always the safest option. Many household items that we take for granted have a shelf life. Sometimes the end of this shelf life just means they’re not as effective at their jobs, but sometimes they might not be as safe to use. Carry on reading to find out what you’re better off throwing away.
If you or your teenager suffers from acne, you’ll know that it can be a terribly stressful and painful affliction. The fact that we have medication available to relieve some of the irritation is a marvel of modern medicine. It too has an expiration date.
The chemicals in it do, anyway. Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid last only 6 months. After this time they no longer help your skin but can end up drying it out and making it feel even worse than before. Each bottle should have an expiration date beneath the base or cap, which you should definitely pay attention to.